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Obama To Focus On Troop Levels For Afghanistan

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Now that the election is over, President Obama will have to decide how much the troop level will be reduced in Afghanistan next year. The top American commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen, is expected to provide a plan that will chart the timetable for withdrawing the remaining 68,000 U.S. troops — as well as how many troops will be needed after 2014. That's when the combat mission ends and a new training and counterinsurgency mission begins.

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